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One Door Closes and Another One Opens

Greg Louganis | Posted 04.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Greg Louganis

I have found myself thinking to myself, "Am I where I am supposed to be?" Once I get out of my head and let a little time pass, I realize, "Yes! I am exactly where I am supposed to be."

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Talk 25th Anniversary and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 04.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with designers Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams about the 25th anniversary of their company. Twenty-five years ago they based their m...

Mississippi Goddam

Matthew Ebert | Posted 04.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

I want sexual and gender minorities to go home. I want you to see the world from a small town, as I have. If only for one summer, I want you to feel safe and alive in the forest and the field. I want those places to do for you what they have done for me.

An Open Letter to Franklin Graham Regarding His Views on Homosexuality

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Frank, you have plenty of anti-gay people besides Putin to admire. And don't worry: Marriage for same-sex couples remains illegal in 33 U.S. states and most countries across the planet, and anti-LGBT attitudes and statutes are alive and well in our country and abroad.

How a Lawyer Defied the Gay Establishment and Got Michigan's Marriage Ban Struck Down

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 03.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

It's interesting how some cases that national LGBT groups warned against not only were net positives but spurred still other cases that the groups warned about but which also advanced progress. And, in the end, the cautious national groups came aboard.

What Hobby Lobby Can Mean for the LGBT Community

Ashland Johnson | Posted 03.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Ashland Johnson

If accepted by the Supreme Court, the arguments Hobby Lobby is advancing may pose a serious threat to anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people.

Letter From a Mom

Greg Louganis | Posted 03.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Greg Louganis

"Obviously I never met your mother, but I am the mother of four -- all in their early 20s. In some ways all mothers are the same. If our kids grow up to be kind and happy people who are comfortable in their own skin, that's the ultimate gift."

Scott Squillace, Attorney and Author, Talks Whether to Wed: A Legal and Tax Guide for Gay and Lesbian Couples (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 03.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

After the Supreme Court's June 2013 decision to strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the floodgates opened for federal rights and benefits to flow to legally married gay and lesbian couples. As we deal with our income taxes this year, Whether to Wed is a must-read.

RIP, Fred Phelps: Your Legacy Is Not What You May Think

Cathy Renna | Posted 03.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Cathy Renna

While many people will be celebrating the death of Phelps, whose name is synonymous with irrational hate and vitriol, I think that today the world lost someone who did a whole lot more for the LGBT community that we realize or understand.

How Big a Win Is Jan Brewer's Veto in Arizona, Honestly?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Let's not forget that in Arizona, it's still legal to refuse to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in your bakery or your photo studio for religious or any other reasons, due in no small part to Jan Brewer's hostility to LGBT rights throughout her tenure.

My Grandma Is Usually Right

Marina Gomberg | Posted 02.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Marina Gomberg

My grandma called last week. She'd been clipping news stories about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* (LGBT) movement's progress all over the country and had some questions for me.

Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Talks LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 04.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, about the 26th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, which recently took place in Houston, and her spin on LGBT issues.

Intersections: Progressive and LGBT Advocacy

Dana Beyer | Posted 03.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

I want my children to live in a progressive America. When I was my sons' age, my hope for a progressive nation was dashed when the Reagan "revolution" set in. I want them to have the future of which I dreamed, and I can sense that we are on the verge of a new progressive era.

Brian Silva, Marriage Equality USA Executive Director, Talks LGBT Issues (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Brian Silva, Executive Director of Marriage Equality USA, which is the nation's oldest and largest grassroots organization working toward full civil marriage equality at the state and federal levels.

What Ping the Duck, Duck Dynasty, Same-Sex Marriage in Utah, and Most of the Rest of Us Have in Common

Janet Mason | Posted 03.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Janet Mason

What the Duck Dynasty controversy illustrates most strongly is that we are more alike than different. Racism and homophobia and sexism all have things in common.

5 Reasons Being an Orthodox Rabbi Compelled Me to Support Gay Marriage

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 02.18.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

I am coming out of the closet. I am an Orthodox rabbi and an advocate for gay marriage. I am pro-gay-rights because I am an Orthodox rabbi, not in spite of it.

10 Things LGBT People Can Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

Christian Fuscarino | Posted 01.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Christian Fuscarino

As we gather around the table for a Thanksgiving dinner or volunteer at a local community center, let's all take a second to be thankful for the victories that our community has seen recently.

Elyse Cherry, CEO of Boston Community Capital, on LGBT Issues and More (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Elyse Cherry, CEO of Boston Community Capital. She is an important voice in the LGBT community, having served as the chair of MassEquality during the organization's successful campaign for marriage equality in Massachusetts.

Red-Letter Day

Ben de Guzman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Ben de Guzman

The Senate's 64-32 vote on ENDA represents historic progress in the march for full equality under the law for LGBT people. And, most importantly, for the first time, a body of Congress has passed ENDA legislation that includes protections for transgender people.

Hawaii Says 'Aloha' to Same-Sex Marriage and Equality

Steve Siebold | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

Fifteen years ago, Hawaii and Alaska became the first U.S. states to pass constitutional amendments against same-sex marriage. And in this short period of time, despite massive opposition from the right, Americans are finally starting to recognize everyone as equals.

'Just' Married

Kristen Noel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Kristen Noel

There is nothing particularly just, reasonable, fair or simple about risking one's health to fly across the country to avail oneself of the privileges that heterosexual people enjoy. But that is exactly what my 47-year-old, terminally ill cousin and her partner of 15 years did.

Elation in Illinois as Marriage Equality Finally Passes

Waymon Hudson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Waymon Hudson

I think it's hard for people who have never been denied basic dignity and respect, or had to listen as others debated their lives and relationships as a "divisive political issue," to grasp the emotions that wash over you after a lifetime of being told you are wrong and less-than.

Why I'm Running the ING New York City Marathon

Sean Martin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Sean Martin

I didn't want to run a marathon again. I had already run the New York City Marathon three times, and I felt like I had gotten what I needed from it. I'd had an amazing experience each year I'd run, and my times had gotten better with each race. I was happy with that.

ENDA: The Time Is Now

Shane Jordan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Shane Jordan

This bill shouldn't be seen as deciding whether it is "right" or "moral" to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or gender-nonconforming. Its intent is simply to mandate that employers, no matter what they may believe about these issues, act like, you know, nice human beings.

A More Perfect Union: Being Gay in America

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.23.2014 | OWN
Arianna Huffington

In the preamble of the Constitution, we are told that we are constantly moving toward a more perfect union. And while people in every age think they're living in a time of transition, ours truly is an age of transition when it comes to the rights of gay Americans. It's in the zeitgeist -- in the courts, in pop culture, in the business world and in people's voices online and offline. On Sunday, the Oprah Winfrey Network is featuring a lineup of programs about being gay in America. It begins with Oprah's Next Chapter -- with conversations between Oprah and gay celebrities including Wanda Sykes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Dan Bucatinsky -- and continues with the premiere of Bridegroom, a documentary from Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason.